By Victoria L
Over the years, plastic surgery has become an extremely controversial topic. Everyone seems to have a drastically different opinion on the procedures involved, with some claiming that plastic surgery sets an unrealistic beauty standard and others saying that it can come with healthy benefits.
I say that we should follow our own guts.
Whether someone wants to “go under the knife” is their choice. Plastic surgery needs to become more normalized, and those who have undergone procedures should not be shunned, or disrespected.
There are many reasons for someone to want to get plastic surgery. I have encountered quite a few people who, if you look closely, you can tell have had their features altered. When I was younger, I would take subtle--or so I hoped--glances at them. I did not know the exact reason I was glancing at them, but I think it was because I wanted to know why. Why would someone be so discontent with their appearance, find it so unbearable, that they’d subject themselves to searing pain to change it?
At the time, I was a kid who wore tie-dye shirts and biker shorts before they became a fashion statement. I was unaware of what insecurities were because I didn’t care about my appearance, or what people thought of me.
Now I know better.
I could blame it on the fact that I’ve become a teenager. Maybe, though, it’s also because I’ve become more aware. Now, whenever I see someone who has had a procedure done, I have respect towards them. They took the initiative to change something that they did not like, and I’d like to assume in most cases that this change produced positive results. Plastic surgery can result in boosted confidence, which can lead to better mental health, and a heightened sense of belonging.
Take Kylie Jenner, for example. Everyone knows her name, and she is recognized as a prominent figure in the beauty industry. Jenner, deemed Forbes’ youngest self-made billionaire, was one of the many celebrities who admitted to “going under the knife.” After her surgery, she was even able to open up to her audience on her show, Life of Kylie, and explain the motivation for getting fillers.
“I was 15 and insecure about my lips,” Jenner said, “I have really small lips . . . I just didn’t feel desirable or pretty” (Weiner).
Later, she even removes her fillers and slowly returns to a more natural look. By undergoing surgery, she has not only gained confidence, but also gone through character development. Jenner went from being insecure about her lips to accepting them.
Plastic surgery is its own form of art that requires skill on the surgeon’s part, and courage on the patient’s. As a developing society, we should accept individuals, both young and old, who have had plastic surgery. I believe that it is more so something that allows people to feel comfortable in their own skins, rather than a tool that sets unrealistic beauty standards.
Weiner, Zoe. “Kylie Jenner Opens Up About Her Lip Injections and Starting Kylie
Cosmetics.” Teen Vogue, Conde Nast, 2 May 2018, www.teenvogue.com/story/kylie-jenner-lip-